A message from JCR Welfare Officers 2019/20

Hey! We are Ellie and Ewan, a second year PPEist and historian respectively, and your Welfare Officers for this year. We both believe that Somerville is a friendly, welcoming and accepting college for all. We’re here to make sure you have the best possible time at Somerville by providing a confidential and non-judgmental safe space.

Mental health should not be something people feel afraid about talking about, and we want people to feel like if they want to open up about anything they can do so freely inside of Somerville. We both know firsthand how difficult and lonely it can be if you’re struggling with something. Talking to a friendly face can make a big difference, however big or small the problem may feel – and honestly nothing is too small or insignificant.

We have both completed 24 hours of peer support training, a course which provides the necessary skills required to support students, because we want to help, so don’t worry about taking up any of our time, there is nothing more important to us than your welfare. (Also, we are always looking for new ways to procrastinate instead of working so any distractions are very much welcome). If you are looking for information, want to talk something through, or even just get something off your chest, then please get in touch with us.

We will be holding weekly drop in sessions with the peer supporters – times and locations will be sent out to you weekly via email, or you can come to our fortnightly welfare teas. You can also drop us a message on Facebook, email us at ewan.connell@some.ox.ac.uk and meriel.cooper@some.ox.ac.uk, or just grab us when you see us round college. We promise to respond to messages as soon as possible and are both more than happy to meet up and have a chat.

Ps. Free drinks and snacks are provided for by the welfare budget!! We both look forward to seeing you next year, whether you are a fresher, finalist or somewhere in-between, and hope you have an amazing year at Somerville.

Welfare Handbook

The welfare handbook is now available online click here to view it

College Points of Contact

Peer Supporters make up the main body of the JCR welfare team. Our goal is to ensure that no one in college feels isolated in their time of need.

We have all completed a 30-hour Peer Support training programme, helping to equip us with the skills to support you! Any problems that you want to share with us, no matter how large or small, can be directed to any member of the team.

Alternatively, feel free to talk to us in person (you’ll probably see us wandering around college).

And remember, anything that you tell us is totally confidential!

If you would prefer to talk to college directly, contact Senior Tutor, Dr Steve Rayner.

If, however, you don’t feel comfortable with contacting college themselves, the Welfare Officers are happy to contact college on their behalf to discuss any issues, while keeping their identity anonymous if they choose.

There is an onsite college nurse, who is available by appointment and open-door sessions.

JCR Officers can offer or guide towards more specific forms of support.

External Points of Contact